Star Wars is a franchise known for its plot twists. From the shockingly iconic revelation that Luke Skywalker's mortal enemy was also his own father, to the reveal that the Clone Army were responsible for the Jedi's downfall, every film and TV show in the series has come complete with at least one gasp-inducing bolt from the blue.
Set between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is no exception to this trend, sporting numerous shock twists that add immeasurable tension, emotional power and characterisation to the events of the mainline movies.
Whether it's a character interaction no one was expecting, a cruel revelation about the futility and cruelty of war, or an uncovered secret long hidden, these 10 twists came out of nowhere and not only shocked audiences, but often shook the very foundation of the franchise as a whole.
With a final warning about MAJOR SPOILERS for the show's excellent seven-season run, here are 10 great, mind-blowing plot twists from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
10. Anakin Bonds With Tarkin
One of the most intriguing relationships in the franchise's original trilogy was between Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin, the military leader of the Empire who was surprisingly seen to have a powerful hold over the dangerous Dark Lord.
Tarkin was shown to be a ruthless, cold tactician with zero morality, and as popular a character as he remains in the fandom, few were expecting to see him turn up in The Clone Wars TV show.
Appearing in the third season's Citadel Rescue arc, Tarkin is seen captured alongside Jedi Master Even Piell by the Separatists, and saved in a daring operation led by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
As the rescue team and the prisoners made their way to freedom, Anakin was seen bonding with Tarkin, sharing similar thoughts about the Jedi's role in the war and mentioning their friendship with the Chancellor.
Knowing what the pair would become in only a few short years, watching this development was deliciously chilling, and as terrifying as it was a welcome dose of character development.